MArchSc (Urban Design) The conservation of the built environment and sustainable building performance are both closely tied to the design of the urban environment, influencing both contemporary urban design practice and emerging theories on the subject. The development of the knowledge and skills to operate appropriately within such a complex field, whether within design practice or a legislative role, demands acknowledgement of these related practices. The Masters of Architectural Science (Urban Design) is intended to draw on these relationships to provide students with a solid base in contemporary urban design theory, knowledge of current practice and a robust set of practical urban design skills. The Masters of Architectural Science (Urban Design) provides the opportunity to work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment, within which students will acquire advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the urban design as well as practical knowledge through field trips, case studies and design-based studio work relevant to current debates and challenges both in Ireland and globally. The programme is a 12 month taught masters and is part of an integrated programme of Masters education in the UCD School of Architecture, which is rooted in the proven research strengths of the School, namely Sustainable Building Design & Performance, Conservation & Heritage, and Urban Design. It provides the student with expert and specialised training as part of a wider and interdisciplinary environment.
What is the programme about? The programme is intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the forces which act to shape the urban environment. Courses equip students with the knowledge and skills required in the care and development of the designed environment, from evaluation, design, and management to the understanding of legislative forces.
Who is it for? The one-year full-time programme is for graduates of disciplines engaged in the care and development of the designed environment. Past graduates of the school’s connected postgraduate programmes have included architects, engineers, planners, archaeologists, art historians, quantity surveyors and geographers.
What will I learn? In this programme you will learn to: * Work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment * Demonstrate advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the urban design strand of the taught masters programme * Understand and participate in current debates within the urban design * Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply concepts and theoretical knowledge to current problems affecting the field of urban design both in Ireland and globally
Students are strongly encouraged to formulate their own dissertation topics and will be supported through a combination of lectures, design studies, workshops & seminars, and field-trips.
Curriculum The MArchSc programme consists of: * Lecture modules in theory, policy and research methods * Negotiated elective module from anywhere in the university * Design studio, working alongside masters students from other specialisations * Focused workshops, seminars and field-trips * Research dissertation
Careers This programme is about forming the minds of those who will make the designed environment in the future. Graduates will have advanced skills in analysis, critique and problem solving of urban design issues, and will be able to appreciate the decision-making process surrounding the design of the urban environment, both nationally and internationally. Those with advanced qualifications in this field will have a distinct advantage in securing roles in defining the future of the built environment. Past students in the course’s connected programmes have gone on to become international or national experts in their selected fields. Many of these students have changed the way that the designed environment is perceived, designed, planned, protected and developed.
Duration The programme lasts 12 months, or three semesters, beginning in September of each year. The first two semesters consist of lectures, seminars, workshops and studio. In the third semester students work on the dissertation.
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